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TERI’s World Sustainable Development Summit
- Environment, Forest, and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar addressed at TERI’s World Sustainable Development Summit on 4 June 2021.
- He informed that the availability of water is continuously declining in the country due to various factors.
- The agriculture sector consumes 85 percent of available water.
- He stressed on water conservation by adopting conservation technologies.
K.Jamieson: NZ’s ‘Cricketer Of The Year’
- New Zealand all-rounder Kyle Jamieson was awarded the 2021 version of the Gamers’ Cap.
- Gamers’ Cap award is given to the player who has been voted as ‘Cricketer of the Year’ by the players & support staff.
- By winning this award, Kyle has joined an elite list that includes Brendon McCullum, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, K. Williamson, and Trent Boult, who won the same award in past.
IIT Hyderabad develops oral amphotericin B
- The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad has developed nano-fibre based oral tablets of Amphotericin B, called AmB, to treat fungal infections post COVID treatment.
- This was a first-ever attempt to fabricate nanofibrous oral tablets of Amphotericin B for the potential cure of Kala Azar (Mucormycosis).
- At present, the Amphotericin B is available in injectable form.
- Ride-hailing app Ola has appointed G.R. Arun Kumar as its new Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
- Swayam Saurabh will be the new CFO for OLA’s mobility, financial services and food businesses vertical.
- Amol Muzumdar, the eight-time Ranji Trophy champion with Mumbai, was appointed as Coach of the Mumbai cricket team for the 2021-22 cricket season.
Thaawarchand Gehlot to launch SAGE project
- Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot will launch the Senior Care Ageing Growth Engine, SAGE project on 4 June 2021.
- The project aims to select, support and create one-stop access to elderly care products and services by credible start-ups.
- The SAGE project is shaped on the recommendations of the empowered expert committee report on start-ups for the elderly.
Horse rider F. Mirza qualifies for Olympics
- Expert horse rider Fouaad Mirza has completed the minimum eligibility requirement (MER) to compete in Olympics Games’ event.
- Fouaad Mirza, a double 2018 Asian Games medallist, officially became the first Indian to qualify for Olympics after the 2000 Sydney Games,
- Imtiaz Anees had competed at the 2000 Olympics while Wing Commander IJ Lamba represented India at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics Games.
Devon Conway breaks 125 yr old record
- New Zealand’s opener Devon Conway smashed a double hundred on his Test debut against England at Lord’s on 3 June 2021.
- He broke a 125-year-old record held by the legendary KS Ranjitsinhji for the highest score by a batsman on Test debut in England.
- He had also broken Sourav Ganguly’s 25-year-old record of the highest Test score on debut at Lord’s, when he went past 131.
Indus Best Mega Food Park inaugurated
- Union Food Processing Industries Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on 3 June 2021 inaugurated the Indus Best Mega Food Park in Raipur, Chhattisgarh.
- The park will provide direct and indirect employment to about five thousand persons and benefit about 25 thousand farmers.
- It has been set up in over 63 acres of land at a project cost of over Rs 145 crore.
Maharashtra govt to implement MAPS
- The Maharashtra govt has decided to implement the Maharashtra Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (MAPS) with the objective of providing employment and training to the youth of the state.
- The scheme aims to provide employment and training to 5 lakh well-educated unemployed youth in the next 5 yrs.
- Under this scheme, 75% of stipend or Rs 5000 whichever is less will be provided to the apprentice.
PM Modi to chair meeting of CSIR Society
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair the meeting of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, CSIR Society, on 4 June 2021 through video conferencing.
- The CSIR Society is a part of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research under the Ministry of Science and Technology.
- Its activities are carried out through 37 laboratories and 39 outreach centres spread across India.
ADB and India sign loan agreement
- The Asian Development Bank and the Government of India on 3 June 2021 signed a loan agreement to support project preparation and design activities to upgrade major district roads in Sikkim.
- It is a USD 2.5 million project readiness financing loan.
- This will help improve connectivity to important towns, rural areas, pilgrimage and tourist destinations in Sikkim.
Centre sets up expert panel to fix wages
- The Labour and Employment Ministry has constituted an expert group to provide technical inputs and recommendations on the fixation of minimum wages and the national floor for minimum wages.
- This is the second expert committee on minimum wages formed by the government within the last two years.
- The earlier panel, headed by Anoop Satpathy, was set up by the Ministry on January 17, 2018.
Kerala govt imposes 52-day trawling ban
- The Kerala Cabinet has decided to impose a 52-day trawling ban on Kerala’s coasts from June 9 to July 31, 2021.
- The period of the ban was extended at the request of fisherfolk to conserve the marine fish resources.
- The ban has been raised from the usual 45 days considering the demand raised by traditional fisherfolk.
- It is intended to enhance marine fish stocks and improve their habitat.
Kerala retains top rank in SDG India Index
- Kerala has retained the top rank in Niti Aayog’s SDG India Index 2020-21, while Bihar has been adjudged as the worst performer.
- The Index for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) evaluates the progress of states and union territories on social, economic, and environmental parameters.
- Both Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu took the second spot with a score of 74.
HDFC Bank to become carbon neutral by 2031-32
- HDFC Bank has announced plans to become carbon neutral by 2031-32.
- As part of this initiative, the bank is looking at reducing its emissions, energy, and water consumption.
- The bank will continue to incorporate and scale up the use of renewable energy in its operations.
- It is also developing a framework for green bond issuance.
Microsoft launches APAC cybersecurity council
- Microsoft has launched the first Asia Pacific Public Sector Cyber Security Executive Council.
- It consists of policymakers and influencers from Brunei, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand and is supported by cybersecurity professionals.
- The council aims to accelerate public-private partnerships in cybersecurity, share threat intelligence.
CSIR-NCL comes up with a new technique
- The CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL), Pune has come up with a new technique for disinfecting water by using natural oils.
- Scientist Dr V.M. Bhandari and his group at CSIR-NCL Pune has developed the novel hybrid technology called “SWASTIIK”, which involves boiling of a liquid as a result of pressure reduction (cavitation) and also uses natural oils having antimicrobial properties.
CoE status to seven institutes
- The Gujarat govt has accorded in-principle Centre of Excellence (CoE) status to seven education institutes.
- It includes six universities and one technical college — six private and one autonomous.
- Institutes accorded the status of CoE would be exempt from all provisions of Educational Colleges or Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Fixation of Fees) (Amendment) Act, 2013.
Vivek Ram Chaudhari: Vice Chief of Air Staff
- Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari has been appointed as the next Vice Chief of Air Staff in the Air headquarters.
- Two new commanders-in-chief would also be moving for their new assignments.
- Air Marshal Ballabha Radha Krishna would be succeeding Chaudhari at the Western Command in Delhi while Air Marshal RJ Duckworth would be taking charge of the Central Air Command in Prayagraj.
China successfully launches a satellite
- China has successfully launched the first of a new generation meteorological satellite into the planned orbit.
- It will be used in the fields of weather analysis, environmental and disaster monitoring.
- The satellite, Fengyun-4B (FY-4B), was launched by a Long March-3B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan Province.
China’s ‘artificial sun’ sets a new record
- China’s Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST), which mimics the energy generation process of the sun, set a new record after it ran at 216 mn degrees Fahrenheit (120 mn degrees Celsius) for 101 secs.
- For another 20 seconds, the artificial sun also achieved a peak temperature of 288 million degrees Fahrenheit (160 mn degrees Celsius), which is over ten times hotter than the sun.
New Zealand signs space agreement with NASA
- New Zealand is the latest country to sign a space agreement with NASA.
- It became the eleventh signatory to the Artemis Accords, a blueprint for space cooperation, and supporting the U.S. space agency’s plans to return humans to the moon by 2024 and to launch a historic human mission to Mars.
- New Zealand space industry is worth 1.7 billion New Zealand dollars ($1.2 billion).
Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
- The United Nations (UN) International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression is observed on June 4 each year.
- The purpose of the day is to acknowledge the pain suffered by children throughout the world who are the victims of physical, mental, and emotional abuse.
- “Stop attacks on children” is the theme for 2021.
- The day was recognised by the General Assembly on August 19, 1982.
Construction of six submarines approved
- The Defence Ministry has cleared a mega project to build six conventional submarines for the Indian Navy at a cost of around Rs 43,000 crore.
- The Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Make-in-India project named ‘P-75 India’ will be issued soon.
- The decision was taken at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
Facebook appoints Marne Levine as CBO
- Facebook Inc has appointed Marne Levine as its new Chief Business Officer, a new post in the executive ranks of the tech giant.
- Prior to the new role, Levine was the Vice President of global partnership at Facebook.
- As Chief Business Officer, she will now report to Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.
- Earlier Levine has also served as Instagram’s Chief Operating Officer.
- WarnerMedia has announced the appointment of Amit Malhotra as MD for its streaming service HBO Max in southeast Asia and India. Malhotra will report to Johannes Larcher, Head of HBO Max International.
- Carlo Ancelotti has returned to Real Madrid as a coach, rejoining from Everton. He was previously in charge of the Madrid-based club between 2013 and 2015.
RBI announces GSAP 2.0 of ₹1.2 trillion
- RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das has announced the second tranche of the bond-buying program of ₹1.2 lakh crore, along expected lines.
- The Government Securities Acquisition Program (GSAP 2.0), which is higher than the first tranche, will be conducted in the second quarter of the financial year.
- The remaining ₹40,000 crores of GSAP 1.0 will be conducted on 27 June 2021.
United Airlines will launch Supersonic Jet
- United Airlines has announced plans to buy 15 planes from airline startup Boom Supersonic in a move that could revive the high-speed form of air travel after the Concorde was wound down in 2003.
- Under the deal, it would purchase Boom’s “Overture” aircraft once the planes meet “United’s demanding safety, operating and sustainability requirements” with an aim to start passenger travel in 2029.
RBI keeps policy repo rate unchanged
- RBI has kept the benchmark interest rates unchanged amid COVID-19 uncertainty and fears over inflation.
- The projected Gross Domestic Product growth rate will be 9.5 percent for the current fiscal year.
- RBI has kept the repo rate unchanged at 4.25 percent, the sixth time in a row.
- The RBI reverse repo rate or RBI’s borrowing rate also remains unchanged at 3.35 percent.
Dr Patrick Amoth: Chair of WHO Executive Board
- The Acting Director-General for Health Dr. Patrick Amoth has been elected the chairperson of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Dr. Amoth was elected to the position on June 1, 2021, during the 149th session of the WHO’s Executive Board held in Geneva, Switzerland.
- He takes over from India’s Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan.
Jammu and Kashmir signs MoU with Go Air
- The J&K govt has signed an MoU with a private airline for the transportation of perishable horticulture and agricultural produce to various destinations across the country.
- Under the MoU, the airline will charge Rs 24, Rs 34, Rs 47, Rs 48, and Rs 50 for the transportation of perishable fruit produce from Jammu and Srinagar to Delhi, Mumbai/Pune, Chennai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively.
Ban from investing in Chinese firms: US
- US President Joe Biden is set to ban Americans from investing in dozens of Chinese tech and defense firms with alleged military ties.
- The new executive order will come into effect on 2nd August 2021.
- It will hit 59 firms including communications giant Huawei.
- The list of firms will be updated on a rolling basis.
- The move expands an order previously issued by former President Donald Trump.
France halts military operations with Mali
- France is halting joint military operations with Mali.
- The suspension would continue until it receives guarantees about a return to civilian rule in Mali.
- French forces have been supporting troops from Mali, Chad, Mauritania, Niger, and Burkina Faso to fight militants in the Sahel region.
- On 25 May’21 Mali’s military leader, Col Assimi Goïta, had expelled the country’s PM.
Number of startups reaches 50,000
- The number of startups recognized by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, DPIIT, has reached 50,000.
- Startup India is a flagship initiative of the central government, which was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January 2016.
- The recognized startups have now spread across 623 districts and each state and Union Territory has at least one startup.
Flexibility in utilization of domestic coal
- The govt has enabled state governments and UTs by allowing flexibility in the utilization of domestic coal amongst power generating stations to reduce the cost of power generation.
- States can use their linkage domestic coal, under flexible utilization of coal,in the Case-2 Scenario-4 power plants.
- The Case-2, Scenario-4 power plants are those which have been bid based on the Net Heat Rate.
Anerood Jugnauth passes away
- Anerood Jugnauth, the former President and Prime Minister of Mauritius, passed away in June 2021.
- Jugnauth was Mauritius’ longest-serving PM and held the post for more than 18 years.
- He served as the PM between 1982 and 1995, then again between 2000 and 2003, and later between 2014 and 2017.
- Jugnauth also served as the President of Mauritius from 2003-2012.
India and Germany hold bilateral consultations
- India and Germany held bilateral consultations on UN issues on 3 June 2021 via video conference.
- Vikas Swarup, Secretary (West) led the Indian delegation along with officials from the UN and Europe West Divisions of the Ministry and the Embassy of India in Berlin.
- The German delegation was led by Antje Leendertse, State Secretary for Germany.
NCSM collaborates with Science Museum Group
- National Council of Science Museums, India is collaborating with the Science Museum Group, London for an international traveling exhibition called ‘Hunt for the Vaccine’.
- The exhibition will tell the story of the global efforts to find new ways to develop vaccines at a pandemic speed.
- The exhibition is scheduled to be inaugurated in November 2022 in Delhi.
Validity period of TET certificate extended
- The govt has decided to extend the validity period of the Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) qualifying certificate to a lifetime.
- This will be implemented retrospectively from the year 2011.
- TET is one of the essential qualifications for a person to be eligible for an appointment as a teacher in schools.
- The validity of the certificate was 7 years from the date of passing.
Defence Ministry signs a contract
- The Defence Ministry has signed a contract with Mahindra Telephonics Integrated Systems Limited, Mumbai for procurement of 11 Airport Surveillance Radars with Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar for Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard.
- The procurement, at a cost of over Rs 323 cr, will be made under the Buy and Make category.
- These will increase the air domain awareness around airfields.